Could Valley residents drink in public?

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VALLEY, AL (WTVM) - Valley, Alabama residents could soon be able to drink beer or wine in public, that is, if city council approves it.

The current ordinance in Valley, Alabama prohibits the consumption of alcohol in any public place, but some residents are looking to change that.

Valley's City Administrator, Tim Bryan told News Leader Nine, "Actually it's been discussed for quite some time amongst individuals in the community - chamber of commerce officials, local politicians, people looking to host wedding receptions at our community center. They want to be able to pour champagne or wine."

Officials with the Chamber of Commerce say this change would not only help in their after hours business meetings but it could draw more people to the area.

"It will widen our range of place we can hold these events, where we can bring people as a responsible use of alcohol as indicated," said Elinor Crowder, the Executive Director of the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.

But don't expect to see someone cracking open an ice cold beer at the local park. This ordinance would be under very strict regulations.

"It's not going to mean in any public place you'll just automatically see alcohol. Any use of alcohol would be pre-approved by Valley City Council, it would be carefully structured by the organization that seeks approval, it would be very controlled," added Crowder.

This ordinance amendment will be brought up at a public hearing before Valley City Council meeting Monday night. Since it is the second reading, they can vote to pass the change to the amendment, making it lawful to consume alcohol on pre-approved city property.

This vote could have an impact on the upcoming "Valley Day on the River", meaning if the City Council and the ABC Board approve the change, attendees could bring coolers to the event.